... Hmm... took a little while to find this. ...OK, firstly I would like to apolgise to everyone for taking so long to post up this Chapter. I'm not sure how many of you are still interested in reading it but I hope that you will enjoy it if you do read it.
Chapter 9 – Exploring the Unknown
“HAHAHAHA!” Jesse cackled as Ash and Misty were sucked up the drainpipe.
Four nets were revealed at the back of the balloon which Ash, Misty and Gyarados were dropped into. Jesse observed their capture.
“Say, hang on a sec.” She said while pondering. “I thought there were only four travelling in the twerps group. Who’s the other one we’ve caught?”
James looked at Misty struggling in the net.
“Ooooo!” He said gleefully. “That’s the twerps red-headed friend who had the Togepi!”
“Ash!” May shouted.
“Misty!” Brock shouted and ran towards the drainpipe. “Fortress! Rapid Spin!” he shouted as he threw a pokeball.
Fortress emerged and span quickly towards the balloon where Team Rocket were laughing at it.
“Well, we would like to introduce to you our newest invention – the Anti-Spinmoliser and Gust Gun Mach 2!” Jesse shouted as she flung a grenade gun onto her shoulder and flipped a switch.
“Funny, I thought it was a leaf blower that we nicked and stuck an engine of the back of it.” Meowth said sarcastically.
Jesse hit him on the head.
“Will you shut your mouth! You always have to go and spoil everything!” she shouted angrily.
She aimed her gadget at the approaching Fortress and launched a high-powered gust forcing it to fly back at Brock.
“Who are you anyway?” Wallace shouted.
Jesse became red with anger.
“How dare you ask us who we are! We introduced ourselves earlier! Weren’t you paying an attention?!” She shouted quickly.
Wallace seemed stunned at being addressed in this manner. Jesse glared at him and set her ‘Anti-Spinmoliser and Gust Gun Mach 2’ on full blast and aimed it at the crowd below her. Many of the members were blown backwards and were rolling towards the door. Misty and Ash continued to struggle in their nets. James looked behind him at the struggling pair and their Gyarados.
“Say Jesse? Where’s their Pikachu?”
Jesse turned around – still holding her wind machine. Without realising, she blasted her partner from the balloon, causing him to fall off the side and grab onto Misty’s captive net. Misty folded her arms.
“You really haven’t changed have you?” she asked ironically.
“Jesse! I’m scared! Pull me up! Pull me up!” James moaned as his teammate struggled with their gadget.
Meowth was in fits of laughter at the sight of them. Pikachu was holding on to the wall of the doorway that Ash had emerged from.
“Oh, there it is!” She said gleefully as she gained control of the machine. “James, is there a reverse button on this thing?”
James crawled into the balloon and panted. He stood up and examined the machine. The duo were dumbfound as to how to reverse the function of it.
“Hmmm. I wonder what this button does?” James questioned and pressed a white button underneath Jesse’s hand.
The gust reversed into a suction that Jesse aimed at Pikachu.
“Brilliant, James! Now let’s get Pikachu!” she said while punching the air.
Meowth and James copied her before focusing their attention on Jesse’s capture. People in the audience were regaining themselves, as they were no longer being blown away and started moving towards the balloon.
“Waaaahhh! Jess, they’re coming back to the balloon!” Meowth screamed.
“James! Get out Gust Gun Mach 3 for Operation Plan B!” Jesse shouted.
“What’s plan B?” he asked.
“Just get the machine will you?” She shouted in his face.
James backed away and disappeared from sight as he ducked down into the basket of the balloon. Meowth bent down next to him and helped him with the gadget. James emerged with another grenade gun, which he aimed at the crowd and sent them flying in all directions with the power of the gust it was emitting. James laughed. Jesse was still focused on getting Pikachu.
“Come on Pikachu! I think it’s time for you to come over to us now!” Jesse chanted sweetly.
Pikachu was holding on to the wall with all its might and refused to let go. It was barely hanging on with its two front paws when it screamed out.
“Pikachu!” Ash shouted as he watched his friend struggle against Team Rocket. “Pikachu, hang on!” he said whilst trying to free himself of his net.
“Gyarados! Use a Hyper Beam on your net!” Misty commanded her Pokemon.
Gyarados launched a Hyper Beam and sent its bindings to cinders as it fell back into the pool.
“Hey! What do you think you are doing!?” Jesse shouted in alarm.
Pikachu let go the wall and was sucked up Jesse’s gadget. Jesse laughed triumphantly as Ash screamed out Pikachu’s name. Jesse held up her gun straight in the air without thinking. The balloon zoomed back out of the hole in the roof – with the drainpipe trailing behind them – and disappeared into the sky.
“Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again! Unexpectedly and embarrassingly! But we have Pikachu!” The trio shouted as and finished on a gleeful note when they realised that they had the yellow Pokemon.
“WOOHAH!” Ash and Misty both screamed as they flew into the air and were detached from the balloon.
They fell into the ocean – far off from the gym and in an area that they hadn’t seen before. Both plummeted into the water and tried kicking towards the surface, though the nets were pulling them down. Misty held up the two pokeballs that she was still holding and released her Pokemon. Corsola and LuvDisc emerged as LuvDisc span excitedly around the two captives. Corsola strung straight into action and attempted to cut the net with its horns. Misty and Ash continued to fall to the seabed as LuvDisc continued its dance. Ash was holding his breath but his lungs felt like bursting. He waved his arms around frantically and then covered his mouth. Misty anxiously signalled to LuvDisc to help Ash and it nodded happily at her. It swam over to Ash – who had now hit the seabed – and started biting at the net. Corsola made a hole in Misty’s net. She soon swam out of it and quickly over to Ash to help try and break it. When they were successful, Misty grabbed onto one of Corsola’s horns as it sped to the surface and clasped onto Ash’s hand as they zoomed to the surface, closely followed by LuvDisc. They both took in grateful breaths of fresh air when they surfaced and bobbed up and down as they looked at their surroundings. They seemed to be in a bay that was isolated by steep mountains and cliffs and a very narrow sandy beach. They gently swam over to the land and Ash laid flat on his back when he reached the beach. He breathed heavily as Misty crouched down beside him.
“Where are we?” She asked.
“I dunno. Maybe we’re on another part of Sootopolis.” Ash replied unsurely. He gasped. “Where’s Pikachu?!” He asked anxiously and scared.
They looked around but couldn’t see any signs of Pikachu or Team Rocket. Ash ran along the beach as Misty recalled her Pokemon back to their pokeballs. There was a narrow path that made its way up the mountain, which he stood in front of as Misty caught up with him.
“We have to find Pikachu and Team Rocket!” Ash said determinedly.
Misty nodded her approval and they walked cautiously up the path. They were forced to shuffle along as the trail became so narrow and after a while Ash and Misty found themselves spiralling around to the other side to be greeted by a steep drop where the ground couldn’t be seen. A low mist had settled in and was obscuring their vision of seeing below or in front of them.
“Ash, do you know where this is going?” Misty asked as she looked below her.
She had one hand on the side of the mountain and another keeping her balance as she place one foot carefully in front of the other. Ash looked back at her and scratched his head with an uncertain smile on his face. Misty sighed and continued to follow him along the progressively sloping path. Ash moved on to a wide-open area away from the path, which connected to another trail that led further up the mountain. An entrance to a cave was embedded in the flat part of the mountain that was shelter by a cliff and two stone pillars. Misty hopped off the narrow path and next to where Ash was standing. She glanced at the cave.
“I wonder what’s in there?” she asked slightly scared.
A low growling could be heard from inside but it was too dark to identify any movement or shapes. The growling turned into a painful scream and a figure could be heard panting as the person ran towards the entrance. A man dressed in a blue outfit with a skull logo and a bandana seemed surprised to see the pair watching him. He panicked and headed for Misty who was standing in front of the path. He was holding in his hand a blue orb that was glowing and he glowered at Misty’s frightened face.
“Get out of the way you stupid girl!” He shouted gruffly but Misty was too confused to move. “I said move!”
He pushed her out of the way of the path where she lost her footing on the edge of the cliff and tried to grab out and stop herself from falling. She lunged at the man who grabbed on to the side of the mountain and let go of the orb as it fell into the swirling mists. Misty screamed as she fell backwards off the cliff and to the perils below.
“MISTY!” Ash yelled desperately as he watched his friend disappear from sight and to her doom.
End Chapter 9
*shakes head embarressingly* To me, this fic is getting worse and worse. The length is really short and this chapter seems pointless and I haven't written Chapter 10 to make up for it. Please let me know what you think and if no-one is interested then I'll ask for this thread to be closed. I don't think I'm spending enough time on it but I have been very busy.
I'd be very interested to know what you think of it.